Lace is luxurious, timeless and romantic! From delicate hand-made French laces which you can use for glamorous princess-style overlays and traditional veils to light, bohemian and summer style cotton-based laces which are just perfect for destination weddings, this wedding lace glossary will help you pick a style of fabric for your dream gown.
Named after its origin in France, Chantilly Lace is fine, elegant and very pretty. It features intricate floral motifs and is usually used for overlays, illusion detailing and bridal veils. It is the perfect fabric for a traditional wedding and is usually paired with classical silks and tulles.
Alencon lace is yet another delicate French type of lace with floral embroidery accentuated with corded lace detailing and sometimes shiny beadwork. It was invented in the 16th century and it is one of the most decorative and luxurious fabrics you can find. Just like other French laces, it is ideal for top layers and details.
Venetian lace originates from the 17th century and it is a beautiful needlepoint lace with floral motifs which is also ideal for elaborate overlays or illusion detailing on bodices. It will add a touch of vintage romance to any gown, and you can also use it for bridal accessories as well.
Point D’Esprit is a divine lightweight lace which can be used to make an additional top layer of your wedding gown skirt or bodice. It looks stunning on top of fluttery tulles and organzas, and sine it is very soft and lightweight, you can use it to make a wedding veil that matches your dress.
Schiffli is also light, delicate and perfect for skirt overlays, wedding veils and detailing on the bodice. It is a machine-made lace also known as chemical lace, and it is usually used to adorn romantic, traditional wedding gowns
Featured on wedding gowns worn by royal brides including Queen Victoria and Duchess of Cambridge, Honiton is one of the most delicate and luxurious traditional bridal laces. Its elaborate floral embroideries have strong vintage flair and they make stunning top layers.
Guipure is a cotton-based lace with interwoven threads which look like macramé. It is heavy and has a rich texture, so it can be used to make a bodice, detailing on sleeves, illusion necklines or bohemian-style wedding dresses or mermaid gowns.
This cotton-based lace is ideal for summer weddings! From simple, short frocks to a little more elaborate floor-sweeping gowns, embroidered cut-outs and scalloped edges ooze with vintage-bohemian romance and the fabric feels so comfortable for daytime outdoor celebrations.
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